20 Mar 2015 – Tropical Plants
Fri: Spring officially falls on today. Meteorologically speaking, however, in the N Hemisphere the official spring season always begins on 1Mar.
There will be a total eclipse of the sun for two minutes over the North Pole on Friday, March 20, the day of the Spring Equinox which coincides with the beginning of the Hebrew month of Nisan, the first month in the biblical calendar year, a solar occurrence that has likely never happened before in human history…
Could this be why the Aurora Borealis lit up one of the strongest solar flare last night…??? Pix downloaded from BBC
Mimosa Pudica is considered a herb in South & Central America, my apologies for calling it a weed! Thanks to readers in FB Nature Society I now have Touch-Me-Not, Tickle-Me-Not, Humble-Plant, Sleeping-Grass, Sensitive Plant etc, and also in other languages in my list. Playful childhood memories from what we kids called ‘Shy-Grass’ must have given me positive energy to like this plant.
Delonix regia/Flame of the Forest introduced into SIN in the mid 1900s. It is planted as a shade tree in parks and open spaces due to its broadly-spreading crown. However, it is primarily seen as an ornamental tree species recognized for its exuberant scarlet flowers when it is in bloom. There is even a postage stamp here in SIN for this magnificent tree.
Antigonon leptopus, commonly known as Mexican Creeper, coral vine, bee bush is a fast-growing climbing vine that holds via tendrils, and is able to reach 25 ft or more in length. I like the pretty delicate pink flowers
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel***is the sequel to 2012’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Sonny soon to be married to Sunaina dreams of owning a 2nd hotel following the success of his 1st, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful.
The 1st hotel has only one room available now, making it a problem for new arrivals. Complications occur and the co-manager of the hotel, Muriel might be the one who knows how to fix them as she is the keeper of everyone’s secrets.
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘The Sensitive Plant’